Residents in Oxfordshire face Christmas Day with no power

Herald Series: Residents face Christmas Day with no power Residents face Christmas Day with no power

RESIDENTS are facing Christmas Day without power.

Around 1,400 homes were still without power this morning as a result of bad weather.

Southern Electric confirmed the extent of the disruption this morning after it emerged last night that 6,000 homes in Oxfordshire had suffered power cuts.

One resident, Andrew Paris from Aston in West Oxfordshire, said his family were facing a meal of bread and jam on Christmas Day because they still lacked power.

The 48-year-old, who lives with his 43-year-old brother and 66-year-old mother on Foxwood in the village, said at 2.30pm today that he had tried without success to get through to Southern Electric to get information on when power might be restored.

"We will be eating bread and jam for Christmas dinner at the moment," he said.

"What else can I do? We can't have a bath or anything. My mum has had to go to other houses just to get a cup of tea."

He said that other streets in the village had seen power restored, but around 40 homes on his street had no electricity.

And the diabetes sufferer said his insulin, which he must keep in the fridge, will be unusable if power is not brought back soon.

"I know they can't help it - it's a force of nature that has caused this," he said.

"But I haven't had any information."

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4:00pm Tue 24 Dec 13

WitneyGreen says...

Have you not thought of going to a hotel?
Have you not thought of going to a hotel? WitneyGreen

4:12pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

WitneyGreen wrote:
Have you not thought of going to a hotel?
Or asking a friend or neighbour who has power to store the insulin temporarily?

It's always worthwhile having an "emergency pack" for this kind of situation. A small butane camping stove costs less than £10 with gas refills for £2-£3 each. Perfect for boiling water for tea, or a hot water bottle. Ideal for heating soup too.

A good LED torch will provide light for hours and hours.

If you have the storage space a small electric generator can be found for £80. Also "camping leisure" battery can be used with an inverter to power the TV.
[quote][p][bold]WitneyGreen[/bold] wrote: Have you not thought of going to a hotel?[/p][/quote]Or asking a friend or neighbour who has power to store the insulin temporarily? It's always worthwhile having an "emergency pack" for this kind of situation. A small butane camping stove costs less than £10 with gas refills for £2-£3 each. Perfect for boiling water for tea, or a hot water bottle. Ideal for heating soup too. A good LED torch will provide light for hours and hours. If you have the storage space a small electric generator can be found for £80. Also "camping leisure" battery can be used with an inverter to power the TV. Andrew:Oxford

7:51pm Tue 24 Dec 13

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
WitneyGreen wrote:
Have you not thought of going to a hotel?
Or asking a friend or neighbour who has power to store the insulin temporarily?

It's always worthwhile having an "emergency pack" for this kind of situation. A small butane camping stove costs less than £10 with gas refills for £2-£3 each. Perfect for boiling water for tea, or a hot water bottle. Ideal for heating soup too.

A good LED torch will provide light for hours and hours.

If you have the storage space a small electric generator can be found for £80. Also "camping leisure" battery can be used with an inverter to power the TV.
Generators are a necessity with the reliability of supply these days in rural Ares with the lack of Investment in transformers etc
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WitneyGreen[/bold] wrote: Have you not thought of going to a hotel?[/p][/quote]Or asking a friend or neighbour who has power to store the insulin temporarily? It's always worthwhile having an "emergency pack" for this kind of situation. A small butane camping stove costs less than £10 with gas refills for £2-£3 each. Perfect for boiling water for tea, or a hot water bottle. Ideal for heating soup too. A good LED torch will provide light for hours and hours. If you have the storage space a small electric generator can be found for £80. Also "camping leisure" battery can be used with an inverter to power the TV.[/p][/quote]Generators are a necessity with the reliability of supply these days in rural Ares with the lack of Investment in transformers etc yabbadabbadoo256

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